Industry Advisories

Opening of the Micro-Budget Production Program

What’s new: Adoption of new measures to promote diversity

Telefilm Canada’s Micro-Budget Production Program will accept new project proposals from designated program partners  from January 20 to February 3, 2017.  The program provides funding support for the development, production, digital distribution, and promotion of a first feature film or first...

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Theatrical Documentary Program is now accepting applications

What’s new: Adoption of new measures to promote diversity

Montreal, November 18, 2016 – Telefilm Canada is now accepting applications to its Theatrical Documentary Program for fiscal 2016-2017 until December 7, 2016. The program, offered in partnership with the Rogers Group of Funds, provides Canadian production companies with financial assistance for...

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Canadian talent ready to shine in Hollywood at the AFI FEST

Montreal, November 7, 2016 – Canada will be well-represented at the 30th AFI FEST (American Film Institute Festival), from November 10 to November 17, 2016 in Hollywood. This year, the prestigious foreign film section, World Cinema, will feature four Canadian films: It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan),...

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Telefilm Canada appoints Michael Leclair to the position of National Director, Business Affairs

The Telefilm Canada team is honoured to welcome aboard a talented player with extensive experience in the Canadian audiovisual industry. Since September 19, Michael Leclair has held the position of National Director, Business Affairs, devoting his time to the management and administration of Canada Feature Film Fund programs.

Mr. Leclair joined...

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Renewed International Marketing Program – International Festival and Event Participation now open for applications

What’s new:
- Travel grants now offered to producers invited to a coproduction market
- 34 new international festivals added
- Short films eligible for increased financial assistance
- Simplified program administrative procedures

Montreal, October 25, 2016 – Telefilm Canada is now accepting International Marketing Program - International Festival...

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Telefilm Canada announces the appointment of Lori McCurdy to the position of Regional Feature Film Executive – Atlantic Region

Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Lori McCurdy as Regional Feature Film Executive – Atlantic Region.

Hailing from Nova Scotia, and having worked at the Telefilm’s Halifax office for 20 years, McCurdy is well-known to the Atlantic industry. In her previous roles, she worked closely with the region’s...

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Two new obligatory forms for Telefilm Canada clients and updates to Accounting and Reporting Requirements

Montreal, September 27, 2016 – Telefilm Canada announces that its clients will now be required to complete two new forms and that its Accounting and Reporting Requirements have been updated.

The first form is called Authorization/Revocation of Applicant’s Representative with Regards to Telefilm. It will have to be completed by...

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Official statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, on the death of André Melançon

Montreal, August 24, 2016 – " On behalf of Telefilm Canada, I would like to pay tribute to the great filmmaker André Melançon, a director, writer, actor, teacher and humanitarian. He made an outstanding contribution to our film industry, particularly in the area of youth- and...

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Eight Canadian films to be screened at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Montreal, June 27, 2016 — Canada will be out in force at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, held in the Czech Republic from July 1 to 9, 2016, with a selection of eight Canadian films, including one in official competition. The second feature from director Jesse...

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Statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, on the awarding of the Meritorious Service Cross to Jean-Claude Mahé by the Governor General of Canada

Montreal, June 23, 2016—“On behalf of my colleagues at Telefilm Canada, I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to Jean-Claude Mahé, Director, Public and Governmental Affairs, who today received the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor...

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Telefilm Canada invites producers to submit their feature films to the pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee

The Committee will select the film to represent Canada for consideration as a possible nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards

Montreal, June 22, 2016—Telefilm Canada invites producers to submit their feature films to the pan-Canadian selection committee for a chance to...

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Canada country of honour at Sunny Side of the Doc 2016

Montreal/Toronto, June 13, 2016 — Canada is the country of honour at Sunny Side of the Doc 2016, the international market dedicated to linear and interactive documentaries that runs this year from June 20 to 23 in La Rochelle, France. For the event, Telefilm Canada, the...

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Canada out in force at the Shanghai International Film Festival with 17 films

Montreal, June 8, 2016 – Canada will be out in force at the 19th Shanghai International Film Festival, which runs from June 11 to 19, 2016. A total of 17 Canadian films will make their way to Asia, including April and the Extraordinary World (Avril...

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CFC Media Lab and OMERS Ventures Announce Launch of VR Ecosystem Study, in partnership with Telefilm Canada

At the Augmented World Expo (AWE) in Santa Clara, California, the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) and OMERS Ventures today announced that they have partnered to co-author a study focused on the VR ecosystem in Canada. Titled Pulse on VR: A Workflow and Ecosystem...

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Canada Media Fund publishes report on defining content discoverability, in partnership with Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board of Canada

Montreal, May 6, 2016—The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has published its report entitled Discoverability: Toward a common frame of reference, in partnership with Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). The Report can be downloaded here.

This report, also...

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Official statement from Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, and Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, regarding gender parity in screen content financing

Montreal, April 27, 2016—“Increasingly, gender parity and Canadian screen content is a much-discussed topic in the media, on social media and in conversations between industry colleagues. And justifiably so.


“Gender parity is a priority for both Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund (CMF). It’s also a personal preoccupation for...

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Statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, on the death of Michael Spencer, Telefilm’s first executive director

Montreal, April 22, 2016—It is with great sadness that we at Telefilm Canada learned of the death of Michael Spencer, who served as the Corporation’s first executive director from 1968 to 1978. Our team salutes him as a visionary, an ardent cultural nationalist and a pioneer,...

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Seventeen Canadian films selected for the 6th annual Beijing International Film Festival

Montreal, April 15, 2016 – Telefilm Canada is proud to announce the lineup of 17 Canadian films selected – one of them in the Official Competition – for the 6th annual Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), April 16 to April 23. 

This is the fifth year that...

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Official statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, on the passing of Jean Bissonnette

Montreal, March 30, 2016—“It is with great sadness that we at Telefilm Canada learned about the death of Jean Bissonnette, a director and producer whose talent and passion profoundly contributed to the advancement of our culture.

“In the world of film, as a director, he brought us...

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Telefilm Canada’s parliamentary appropriation to increase by a total of $22 million over the next five years

Increase consists of an additional $2 million for fiscal 2016-2017 and an additional $5 million recurring annually for the following four years


Montreal, March 23, 2016—Telefilm Canada announces that its parliamentary appropriation will increase by a total of $22 million over the next five years, as detailed in the 2016 federal budget....

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Statement of Mr. Michel Roy, Chair of the Board of Telefilm Canada, concerning the death of Ms. Jeanine Beaubien

Montréal, March 9, 2016 – It is with great sadness that we at Telefilm Canada learned about the recent passing of Jeanine Beaubien, who sat on our Board of Directors from December 1996 to March 2003.

A well-known figure on the Canadian cultural scene, Ms. Beaubien founded the Théâtre international de...

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Official statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, congratulating Canadian talent at the Oscars

Montreal, February 29, 2016 – “On behalf of Telefilm Canada, I would like to congratulate Pakistani-Canadian director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who won her second Oscar last night, the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.

“Let’s also applaud Brie ...

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Telefilm Canada and The Canada Media Fund announce the appointment of Dominique Lapierre to the position of National Director, CMF Program Administrator

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Telefilm Canada are pleased to announce the appointment of Dominique Lapierre to the position of National Director, CMF ProgramAdministrator. Having served in the position on an interim basis for the past year, Ms. Lapierre manages the team responsible for ensuring the efficient administration of...

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Eight films directed by Canadians at SXSW, emerging talent in the spotlight

Montreal, February 15, 2015—Telefilm Canada is delighted with the strong Canadian presence at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2016, to be held in Austin, Texas from March 11 to 20. All of the selected Canadian filmmakers, including four with films in competition, are emerging talent, i.e.,...

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Opening of the Micro-Budget Production Program

From February 15 to March 14, 2016, Telefilm Canada’s Micro-Budget Production Program will accept new project proposals from the designated Program partners

Montreal, February 3, 2016 – For a fourth year, Telefilm Canada is supporting emerging talent through its Micro-Budget Production Program, which focuses on the use of...

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Official statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, on Canada’s 21 Oscar nominations for 2016

Montréal, January 14, 2016 — “Telefilm Canada is extremely proud to see such an impressive array of Canadian films and talent nominated for an Oscar this year. Canada’s outstanding 2016 crop testifies to a robust film industry overflowing with creativity. 

Room, a Canadian-majority coproduction with Ireland, written by...

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Opening of the Production Program for projects with budgets of less than $2.5 M

From March 1 to May 2, 2016, Telefilm Canada will accept financing applications, for English- and French-language projects with budgets of less than $2.5 M, to the Canada Feature Film Fund—Production...

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Official statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, on the death of Denis Héroux

“On December 10th, Canadian film pioneer Denis Héroux, director, writer and producer of several cinematic landmarks, passed away. His greatest achievements lay in the constant innovation and audacity that saw him conquer new audiences at home and abroad and his visionary approach that broke down boundaries...

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Official statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, regarding the selection of Denis Côté’s film Boris sans Béatrice in official competition at the Berlin International Film Festival

Montreal, December 11, 2015 – “On behalf of Telefilm Canada, I offer my warmest congratulations to director Denis Côté and the entire team behind the film Boris sans Béatrice, which will be presented in official competition at the Berlin International Film Festival.

“With this new work, Denis Côté will be making...

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Official statement from Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, on the passing of Gil Cardinal

“We’re saddened to learn of the passing of Métis filmmaker, director and writer Gil Cardinal. Canada has lost a truly remarkable storyteller.

“Gil was a trailblazer. He was one of the first Aboriginal filmmakers to direct mainstream, big-budget productions in Canada, and was among the first to...

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